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Jon Soltz
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Jon Soltz is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the 400,000+ supporter veterans group, VoteVets.org.

He served twice in Iraq -- in 2011 as a Major, helping train the Iraqi Army prior to the removal of US Troops, and in 2003, as a Captain during Operation Iraqi Freedom, deploying logistics convoys with the 1st Armored Division. In 2000 he served as a tank Platoon Leader in the Kosovo Conflict.

As Chairman of VoteVets.org, Soltz has overseen the creation of a 400,000+ grassroots network of Veterans, military families, and civilian supporters, from scratch. In his time as Chairman, VoteVets.org has raised over $20 million for VoteVets Action Fund and over $2 million for candidates, via VoteVets Political Action Committee. Under his leadership, the group has become one of the most aggressive organizations of Veterans in America, holding politicians accountable for their votes and actions that adversely affect veterans, while supporting those politicians who have the backs of those who served.

Soltz is frequently quoted in major publications and frequently appears on cable shows, including Larry King Live on CNN, Nightline on ABC, PBS’ News Hour, the Dylan Ratigan Show, NewsNation with Tamron Hall, The Ed Show, and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC, among other shows on many networks. He has been interviewed by the Associated Press, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Time magazine, Newsweek, Politico, Roll Call, The Hill, and many other national and local papers.

Soltz is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College with a dual degree in Political Science and History and a 2010 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Entries by Jon Soltz

Rand Paul's Bet Might Be Right

(28) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 3:03 PM

A bit of a kerfuffle began, this week, when Republican Senator and Presidential candidate Rand Paul declared, rightfully, that "ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party," and that a lot of weaponry that ISIS now has, came because we starting arming sides in...

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The New Sponsor of Terrorism: Climate Change

(93) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 8:55 AM

For years, we have been warned that climate change would lead to a less stable world, with some very serious implications for the United States, its military, and its security. Beginning in 2010, in its Quadrennial Defense Review, the Pentagon warned that while climate change "alone does not...

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Jeb Bush's Call for Privatization of Veterans Care, and the Opportunity for Hillary Clinton

(145) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 11:21 AM

So it begins. Yesterday Jeb Bush called for the privatization of veterans care while opening up a huge opportunity for Hillary Clinton and others seeking the Democratic nomination.

"This is where I think empowering people with the equivalent of a voucher that gives you the same economic benefit...

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The Top Laughably Wrong Military and Veterans Talking Points From GOP Candidates

(94) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 11:14 AM

This past week Ted Cruz tossed his hat into the presidential race. If you eventually got past TedCruz.com, which supports President Obama, and TedCruzForAmerica.com, which takes you to the Obamacare website, and even TedCruz.ca, which points out that he's Canadian-born, you'll finally -- finally...

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O'Reilly, Williams and Real War Correspondents

(61) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 11:38 AM

We now know that, according to the reporters who were with him at the time, some of Bill O'Reilly's war stories from Argentina don't appear to be true. We also know that at least one of Brian Williams' war stories wasn't true. Does it matter? Should it matter?

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Authorization to Use Military Force Against ISIS Is Too Broad

(13) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 2:12 PM

Even before the President laid out the language for a new Authorization for Use of Military Force, to be employed in the continuing efforts to combat ISIS, the debate in DC started to rage. Some wondered if we would be better served if we finally repealed the 2001 broad and...

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The Use of Torture Will Cause Blowback, Not the Torture Report

(41) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 11:07 AM

The long-awaited, much debated report on the United States' use of torture is out.

The debate over whether the report should have been released is now moot.

Many, including myself, expect that there will be some form of blowback, now that the report is out. Lives may be...

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Media's Appetite for Hype Smears a Champion for Veterans

(25) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 11:10 AM

Only in political media could a Congresswoman, who is a war veteran, who gave up her seat in the state legislature to voluntarily go to Iraq, whose first Congressional bill ever introduced was enacted and helped veterans, and who has crisscrossed the Hawaiian islands on a listening tour to hear...

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What We Don't Know About Syrian Rebels Dwarfs What We Do

(32) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 5:09 PM

"First of all, I've vetted a number of them [Syrian Rebels], because I know them." -- Senator John McCain, on CNN, explaining who is going to vet the Syrian moderates, before we send them weapons

Well, we can all relax now. Senator John McCain, who...

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The Media and John McCain: How Someone Always Wrong Is Always on TV

(74) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 2:10 PM

Last month, Jon Stewart challenged John McCain to a "Wrong Off," betting that all the times Senator McCain has been wrong about, well, anything, far outnumbers the times Stewart has been proven wrong.

I thought about that, when John McCain was on a Sunday talk...

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The President Is Right on Iraq

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 11:12 AM

The president was correct in announcing humanitarian action yesterday in Iraq. He will be helping to prevent genocide. But, more than that, his announcement of limited military action, both to overtly protect US troops and installations, and tacitly support the Kurds in their fight against the Islamic State, is the...

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Why a Veterans Group Doesn't Endorse All Veterans

(18) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 11:22 AM

A lot of people ask me why the veterans group I head, VoteVets.org, only endorses some veterans running for office, and not all of them. In fact, just yesterday, National Journal posted an article that highlights the fact that there are Iraq and Afghanistan veterans running for Senate,...

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Congress Can Avoid Iran War By Supporting Negotiations

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 11:52 AM

If you don't want Iran to have the bomb and you don't want to bomb Iran, a diplomatic agreement is the solution. Yet some on Capitol Hill are already trying to wreck negotiations.

Right now in Vienna, U.S. negotiators and their partners from other world powers are...

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Where Do Vets Stand on Shinseki?

(238) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 12:20 PM

There have been a lot of talking heads (including mine) on TV, talking about the situation at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

With President Obama weighing in, today, taking the wait-and-see approach that VoteVets.org has advocated, regarding the status of Secretary Eric Shinseki, it makes...

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American Legion Calls for Shinseki to Quit, But Should He?

(34) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 3:49 PM

Amid the recent calls from the American Legion and Koch brothers-backed Concerned Veterans for America for Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki to resign, I will admit that Secretary Shinseki kind of stinks at one particular thing -- public relations.

Throughout his tenure, whenever his...

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The Military-Civilian Divide on Gun Laws, and Ft. Hood

(410) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 2:23 PM

With news that another shooting tragedy has hit Ft. Hood, my heart is breaking for the families of those who were wounded and killed by a gunman who is said to have purchased a gun, off-base, brought it on to the base, and unleashed carnage. While many details are still...

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Senate Republicans About to Screw Veterans -- All for a Campaign Ad

(14) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 11:10 AM

It takes a lot to say that Senate conservatives have just made their most craven move in many years, but that's exactly what is happening.

In an effort to force a vote on increasing sanctions on Iran, the Senate Minority is trying to attach the measure to...

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Congressman Mike Coffman Calls for Third Iraq War

(26) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 2:10 PM

This is astonishing. On a radio show, Republican Congressman Mike Coffman effectively called for yet another Iraq War.

On KNUS Radio, Coffman said, when asked if he wanted to see combat troops back in Iraq: "Certainly an advisory role, but certainly not anything beyond that. And that's if...

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Where Do Vets Stand on Pensions -- One Group Needs to Figure It Out

(51) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 12:19 PM

In a new ad, Concerned Veterans for America thanks Republican Congressmen Tom Cotton and Mike Coffman for voting against the Paul Ryan-Patty Murray budget deal, because it slows the growth of government pensions by lower increases to the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). Those COLA adjustments...

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Why Do Vets Care About Climate Change?

(64) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 3:00 PM

When you think of the kinds of people banding together to fight climate change, the men and women who served America in uniform usually aren't the first ones to come to mind. But nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, just this week, VoteVets.org delivered...

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